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Govt to conduct survey to supply LNG in Payra
State-owned North-West Power Generation Company Ltd (NWPGCL) plans to conduct a detail feasibility study for supplying Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to the proposed 3600MW combined cycle power plant at Payra.    The government is planning to choose an alternative route to supply fuel to the proposed 3,600 megawatt (MW) Payra power plant due to poor drafting at the Payra port. The NWPGCL has recently sought permission to conduct the feasibility study from power division in this regard. “We need to shift the imported LNG to shuttle the Floating Storage and Re-gasified Unit (FSRU) at Matarbari to feed the 3600MW combined cycle power plant as it’s impossible to supply the LNG directly at Payra due to poor drafting,” said the official letter signed by NWPGCL Managing Director AM Khorshedul Alam.  He said the company will require detail feasibility study in this regard.           The state-owned North-West Power Generation Company Ltd and German based Siemens are jointly implementing the LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) based power plant at Payra in Patuakhali. A Singapore based surveyor firm Worley Parsons, assigned by the North-West Power Generation Company Ltd, has already conducted a feasibility study on LNG supply to the proposed Payra power plant.  The firm suggested for using the Matarbari ‘sheltered area’ for unloading LNG for the proposed the power plant at Payra. The joint venture is now negotiating to import LNG from BP Singapore Pte Ltd (BP), sources confirmed. As per the feasibility study, the firm recommended for construction of an offshore shuttle floating storage and re-gasification unit (FSRU) which will supply re-gasified LNG through onshore pipeline. But, the Shuttle FSRU will be at sheltered areas considering the sea condition, it suggested. “It’s impossible to unload LNG from the mother vehicle at Payra port due to poor drafting…So, the LNG supply might be continued from mother vehicles to small vehicles unless conducting extensive dredging at Payra port,” it suggested.    The joint venture plans to generate 1200MW of electricity from the proposed plant in December 2022 and another 2400MW in December 2023.  State-owned North-West Power Generation Company Ltd’s  AM Khurshadul Alam requested the ministry concerned to allocate about 150 acres of land in favour of 3600MW LNG based joint venture power plant near 1200MW Matarbari power plant so that supply of the proposed LNG plant at Payra becomes hassle free.            Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC), however, seeks about 1000 acres of land at Moheskhali in Cox’s Bazar for setting up a refinery and a large scale plant for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). At present, the Cox’s Bazar Deputy Commissioner’s office is conducting a feasibility study for Moheskhali-Matarbari Integrated Infrastructure Development Initiative with the support of JICA.  As per the initiative, two separate power hubs will be developed at Moheskhali and Matarbari. The government has already signed deals to construct 10 power plants having combined capacity of about 12,000MW between 2025 and 2038 at Moheskhali. Besides, seven more power plants having combined capacity to generate around 6200MW will be set up between 2024 and 2033 at Matarbari.
Dhaka lines up deal to get Aramco investment
June 30, 2019 Sunday 9:26 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangladesh is set to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Saudi Arabian oil behemoth Aramco on a multi-billion dollar investment in the power and energy sector, officials said. Aramco, the national petroleum and gas company, is one of the largest companies in the world by revenue of $ 356 billion. According to Bloomberg, it is the most profitable company in the world. "We`ve sent the draft of the MoU to Aramco for their scrutiny and after getting their feedback, we will sign," a senior foreign ministry official, who is dealing with the process, said. He also said the deal has been prepared after taking inputs from the ministries concerned. Primarily, Aramco has expressed its interest to invest in three projects --a large oil refinery with a capacity of between 10-20 million tonnes, a 500-megawatt power plant and liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal. In 2011, officials of the energy ministry told reporters about Aramco`s plan to build a refinery having the capacity of 1.8 million tonnes.  
Category: Petroleum
Bangladesh receives interest from 12 firms to build LNG terminal
June 30, 2019 Sunday 9:23 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangladesh has received interest from twelve companies to build the country’s first onshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal, according to four sources familiar with the matter. The South Asian country, which has a population of more than 160 million, is turning to land-based LNG terminals as its first imports of the super-chilled fuel via a floating platform were delayed due to weather and technical issues. Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Co, part of state-owned oil and gas company Petrobangla, earlier this year had requested expressions of interest (EOI) from potential terminal developers for a land-based LNG regasification terminal at Matarbari in the Cox’s Bazar district of southern Bangladesh. Twelve companies have submitted their interest to build the terminal, said two officials from Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Co. A committee will evaluate the proposals and create a shortlist based on the capabilities and technical assessments of the 12 companies, one of the officials said. It could take more than a year to complete and award the contract for the terminal, the official said. The expressions of interest were initially due on March 20, but the closing date was delayed to this week after the companies requested more time. The expression of interest is for the design, engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of an onshore terminal that can handle 7.5 million tonnes a year of LNG, including receiving, unloading, storage and regasification. The project is on a build-own-operate basis for 20 years, with ownership to then be transferred at no cost to the Bangladeshi government or a company nominated by the government.
Category: Gas
Power sector needs 1,000 engineers in next 5yrs: Nasrul
June 30, 2019 Sunday 9:18 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid speaks at the concluding session of a fair titled “NRB Jobs Presents National Career Fair-2019” as the chief guest at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the city on Saturday. BRAC University organised the fair. State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid has said that Bangladesh`s power sector will require some 1,000 engineers in the next five years. The expansion of the energy sector will create big job opportunities, he said at the concluding session of the two-day Brac University National Career Fair-2019 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city on Friday. With Brac University Vice-Chancellor Vincent Chang in the chair, the function was also addressed by secretary of the youth and sports ministry Dr Zafar Uddin, country director of Augmedix Rashed Noman, and senior director of Brac Institute of Languages Syed Sarwat Abed. Urging the youths not to be frustrated with the job market, the junior minister said the young people should keep confidence in themselves. "You`ll get good jobs if you can build yourselves up keeping confidence in your own uniqueness," he told the youths. He said the young people should be thinking of becoming job providers instead of job seekers. Nasrul Hamid said the government has been promoting youths to become entrepreneurs by providing different kinds of incentives. He mentioned that Bangladesh Energy and Power Research Council is providing maximum Tk 2 crore to each of the projects submitted by young researchers.
Category: Power
Tk 11,000cr deal inked for Matarbari power project
June 30, 2019 Sunday 8:34 PM By BSS
Japan will provide Bangladesh with Taka 11,000 crore for the Matarbari Ultra Super Critical Coal-Fired Power Project at Moheshkhali in Cox’s Bazaar. The two countries signed Exchange of Notes and loan agreement to this end at a ceremony at the Economic Relations Division (ERD) on Sunday. ERD Secretary Monowar Ahmed penned the Exchange of Notes with Japan Ambassador to Bangladesh Hiroyasu Izmi and loan agreement with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Chief Representative Hitoshi Hirata. The objective of the project is to meet the growing demand of electricity and to ensure stable power supply by installing a 1200 MW (600MW X 2 unit) Ultra Super Critical Coal-Fired Power Plant. The Coal Power Generation Company Bangladesh Limited (CPGCBL) will implement the project. The Matarbari coal-based thermal power plant project, involving Taka 35,984 crore is one of the largest projects in the country. Of the project cost, JICA would give Taka 28,939 crore and the government Taka 4,926 crore, while the remaining Taka 2,118 crore would come from the organization’s own fund. JICA would give the credit under the 40th official development assistance (ODA) loan package. The annual interest rate for this loan is 0.9 percent for the construction of the project, 0.01 percent for consultancy services and front fee is 0.2 percent. Loan repayment period is 30 years, with 10 years of grace period. Monowar Ahmed said JICA is giving the loans for the projects in phases. Agreements have already been signed under 35th, 37th, 38th and 39th loan packages. Besides, separate loan agreements were signed for two more projects. Of them, a loan agreement of Taka 93.55 crore was signed for “The Project for the Densification of Global Navigation Satellite Continuously Operating Reference Station Network and the Modernization of Tidal Stations in Bangladesh”. Through this project, survey and mapping work will be done in the country. The project will be implemented during the period from January 2019 to December 2020. Besides, a Taka 84.54 crore loan agreement was signed for the “Human Resource Development Scholarship” project.  The project began in 2001 and will continue till 2020. Under the project, BCS cadres and first class officers of Bangladesh Bank will be given scholarships for Masters Degree in various Japanese universities.  
Category: Power
Gas price raised by 32.8 pc on average
June 30, 2019 Sunday 8:32 PM By UNB
The average gas price has been raised by 32.8 percent for the retail consumers in the country with effect from Monday. Chairman of the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) Monwar Islam announced the decision of the commission at its office on Sunday. As per the new price hike, the household consumers having single burner will have to pay Tk 925 a month instead of the existing Tk 750 while the double burner users will have to pay Tk 975 instead of the existing Tk 800. The household consumers having gas metre will have to pay Tk 12.60 per cubic metre (CM) instead of Tk 9.10 with 38.46 percent hike. The BERC chief said the average gas price was raised to Tk 9.80 per cubic metre from the existing Tk 7.38 per cubic metre (CM). According to the increased price, CNG consumers will have to pay Tk 43 per CM with 7.5 percent hike instead of Tk 40 while captive and small power plant operators will have to pay Tk 13.85 per CM instead of Tk 9.62 with 43.97 percent hike. CNG station operators will have to pay Tk 35 per CM instead of Tk 32 to the government for their feed gas. consumers like restaurants, hospitals, student hostels, hotels will have to pay Tk 23 per CM instead of Tk 17.04 due to 34.98 percent hike in price. The gas price hike for industry is 37 percent as the industry owners will have to pay Tk 10.70 per CM instead of Tk 7.76 per CM while tea estates the same price like industries. However, the gas price for small and cottage industries was not raised. Public and private power plants will have to pay Tk 4.45 per CM instead of Tk 3.16 per CM due to price increase by 42.80 percent while fertiliser factories Tk 4.45 per CM from the exiting Tk 2.71 per CM. Energy sector experts believe that the increase in gas price for power plants means it will have spillover effect and the power plant operators will soon raise demand for increase in power tariff. BERC member Mizanur Rahman said the gas utility companies need to increase the gas price by 75 percent due to the loss for the import of liquefied natural gas (LNG) at much higher price. “A Tk 18,730 crore additional fund is needed to cover losses due to payment for the import of LNG.” But now, he said, some 33 percent or Tk 8620 crore will be collected from consumers while 29 percent or Tk 7690 crore will be given by the government as subsidy and the remaining amount of Tk 2420 crore will be given from the Gas Development Fund (GDF) which is also created by the money from consumers. BERC chairman said this new price was calculated considering the import of 850 million cubic feet (MMCFD) of LNG for the new fiscal year of 2019-20. He said the existing minimum demand charge for different consumer groups except the households ones was withdrawn and instead a new demand charge of Tk 0.10 per CM per month was imposed on them. He said the gas price was last increased in September 2017. The new price hike came in response to the demands of different gas utility companies. The BERC held a series of public hearings on March 11-14 this year.
Category: Gas
First-ever prepaid metre-manufacturing plant goes into production next month
June 29, 2019 Saturday 10:47 AM By UNB
Country’s first-ever electric prepaid metre-manufacturing plant here goes into production in the second week of July. The plant is aimed at fulfilling the huge demand for prepaid metres and thus save foreign currency. The authorities concerned have completed the necessary preparations for starting the production in the plant, said Abdul Motaleb, secretary of West Zone Power Distribution Company (WZPDCL). Official sources said the state-owned WZPDCL and Hexing Electrical Company Ltd of China formed a joint venture company, ‘Bangladesh Smart Electrical Company Ltd’, with the Bangladeshi firm having 51 percent stake while the remaining 49 percent going to the Chinese company. A joint venture contract was signed between the two companies to produce prepaid metres. On September 2, 2018, the company got the approval from the government involving Tk 28 crore. At first, the company will start its operation at Mohammadnagar in Khulna city while the WZPDCL will set up its permanent factory at Sheikhpara in the city. The WZPDCL is providing services to 11,53,849 customers in 21 south-western districts and 20 upazila headquarters. As part of WZPDCL’s decision to bring its all customers under prepaid metre service, they have set a target to provide power services under prepaid metres to 14.68 lakh customers. Already, a total of 1,54,864 prepaid metres have been installed while the rest 13,13,136 will be installed by 2023. To implement the Sustainable Development Project of the government, the government has taken a plan to replace 75 lakh electromechanical or digital energy metres with prepaid metres across the country. As per the plan, the authorities concerned have set a target to install a total of 2,87,00,000 prepaid metres in 2020-2021 fiscal year and some 16,07,584 have been installed under the project. The remaing ones will be installed in phases. Currently, the government has to import prepaid metres from abroad. Once the plant goes into operation, it will help save huge amount of foreign currency.  Abdul Motaleb, secretary of the WZPDCL, said the prepaid metres to be manufactured at the plant will be sold to customers at reasonable prices in addition to export. He said a section of people is involved in spreading propaganda against the prepaid metres and making people confused over its use. Engineer Md Shafik Uddin, managing director of WZPDCL, said the prepaid metres to be manufactured in the plant will be easily available.
Category: Power
Installation of core catcher at unit 2 of Rooppur NPP begins
April 29, 2019 Monday 7:05 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Atomstroyexport, Engineering Division of ROSATOM and the General Contractor Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant has started installation of Core Melt Localization Device (Core Catcher), one of the main elements of the passive safety system at Unit-2 of the project. Installation works began on April 25, 2019, one month ahead of the schedule, said a press release. “This is one of the main elements of a passive safety system and the first large-sized equipment being installed in Unit 2 building. Due to coordinated efforts of our engineers it has become possible to begin the installation works earlier. It is worthy to mention here that construction of both units of Rooppur NPP is progressing as per schedule,” said Sergey Lastochkin, Vice-President and Director of Rooppur NPP Project. Installation of Core Catcher at Unit-1 began earlier on August 18, 2018. Core catcher is a unique device, designed by Russian specialists. The device with cone-shaped body is installed at the bottom of the reactor core barrel and filled with a special material. If necessity arises, the Core Catcher shall collect the core melt materials and ensure their uniform distribution in the core catcher body. Operations of the Core Catcher like other passive safety systems do not depend on any person or his skill or circumstances. It follows only the fundamental natural law. Core Catcher for Rooppur NPP is designed considering the site condition and safety requirements. For having improved hydro-dynamic and shock strength properties, it is more seismic resistant. It is also equipped with flood protection features and possesses simplified installation and assembly technology. Rooppur NPP is being constructed with the technical and financial assistance from Russia. It will have two units each of 1200MW capacity. World’s latest 3+ Generation VVER 1200 reactors have been chosen for the plant, which completely fulfill the safety requirements set by IAEA.
Category: Nuclear
LNG boosts daily gas supply to 3,200 mmcf
March 26, 2019 Tuesday 10:36 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The country’s overall natural gas supply crossed the 3,200 million cubic feet mark a day (mmcf), boosted by the imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG). The lone operational floating, storage, re-gasification unit (FSRU) is currently re-gasifying around 532 mmcfd equivalent of LNG, which is the highest quantity of LNG re-gasification from Excelerate Energy’s vessel at Matarbari in the Bay of Bengal. According to state-run Petrobangla, the total natural gas output was 3,218 mmcf per day, as of Monday. Of the total output, local gas production companies produced around 1,026 mmcf or 31.8 per cent of the total daily output, international oil companies (IOCs) produced around 1660 or 50.8 per cent and the remaining 532 mmcf are re-gasified LNG. Gas-guzzling clients of Chattogram are the major consumers of re-gasified LNG. Of the total re-gasified LNG, the Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Ltd (KGDCL), dedicated to supplying natural gas to the Chattogram region, has been taking around 320 mmcf a day, or 70 per cent of the total quantity, said a senior official of state-run Gas Transmission Company Limited (GTCL). Some 150 mmcf per day equivalent of re-gasified LNG is being supplied to Titas franchise areas and the remaining 41 mmcfd to the Pashchimanchal Gas Company Ltd (PGCL), he said. The country’s overall natural gas supply improved substantially with the start of full capacity re-gasification in the floating LNG terminal, said a senior Petrobangla official.  
Category: Gas
Proposals to hike gas prices: Public hearing ends; Berc to take ‘judicious’ decision
March 15, 2019 Friday 11:43 AM By UNB
Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (Berc) has assured that it will consider proposals to hike the gas tariff judiciously as the four-day public hearing on those ended here on Thursday. “Gas entities might have proposed raising gas tariff by more than 100 percent in some cases. But I can assure you that the commission will consider the matter judiciously without any biasness,” said Berc Chairman Monwar Islam while making his concluding remarks at the hearing. He also reminded that the commission never agrees with the proposals placed by the gas companies and delivers its order applying its own judicious consciousness. “For example, the companies proposed a 95 percent hike, but the Berc ordered an 11 percent hike,” Monwar told the audience who were mainly from different consumer rights groups, political parties, business bodies, civil societies and journalists. He also urged people not to get panicked with the gas tariff hike proposals and instead keep their trust in the neutrality of the energy watchdog. The Berc chairman directed the gas entities not to bring any unrealistic or exaggerated price hike proposal in the future, saying it creates panic among people. He also called upon the participants to convey their additional arguments to the Berc by March 20 if they have any.  On the concluding day, the Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company and Pashchimanchal Gas Distribution Company placed their respective proposals which were identical with other gas distribution entities like Titas, Bakhraba and Jalalabad.       As per the proposals, the consumer having a single burner oven will have to pay Tk 1,350 per month instead of exiting Tk 750 while the two-burner users will pay Tk 1,440 per month instead of Tk 800 and the metred household consumer has to pay Tk 16.41 per cubic metre (each unit) instead of Tk 9.10 per cubic metre for gas consumption. Power plants will pay Tk 9.74 per unit of gas instead of the existing rate of Tk 3.16 with a rise of 208 percent while fertiliser factories will pay Tk 8.44 per unit instead of Tk 2.71 per unit with the rise of 211 percent. They proposed increasing the gas tariffs by 96 percent to Tk 18.88 per unit from Tk 9.62 for captive power while it proposed hiking 132 percent gas tariff for industries to Tk 18.04 per unit against the existing rate of Tk 7.76 per unit. They proposed raising the tariff by 50 percent for CNG to Tk 48 per unit from Tk 32 while 41 percent for commercial use of gas to Tk 24.05 from Tk 17.04 per unit. As per the Berc Act, the energy regulator will announce its decision within 90 days of the hearing.
Category: Gas
Petrobangla signs MoU with Dhaka University’s Geology department
March 15, 2019 Friday 11:08 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between department of Geology, University of Dhaka and Petrobangla and its subsidiary companies for institutional collaboration in the field of academic, training and research was signed on 13 March, 2019 at Petrobangla`s Board Room at Kawranbazar in the city. Chairman of Petrobangla Md Ruhul Amin presided over the ceremony while Secretary of Energy and Mineral Resources Division Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem was present as chief guest, said a press release. It was attended by Chairman of department of Geology, University of Dhaka professor Dr Kazi Matin Uddin Ahmed, supernumerary professor Dr Badrul Imam, professor Dr Anwar Hossain Bhuiyan, high officials of Energy and Mineral Resources Division and directors along with high officials of Petrobangla were also present at the ceremony. Secretary of Petrobangla Syed Ashfaquzzaman and Chairman of department of Geology, University of Dhaka professor Dr Kazi Matin Uddin Ahmed signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organizations.
Category: Gas
Efforts continue to ensure uninterrupted power supply: Nasrul
March 10, 2019 Sunday 10:02 PM By BSS
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid on Sunday said the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is working restlessly to ensure smooth supply of electricity in affordable price for all the people of the country. “There is nothing to worry about it, we are working on it. It will take time for supplying uninterrupted power to all. Countries like Korea had taken 30 years for ensuring uninterrupted supply to its countrymen,” he said while addressing a dialogue as the chief guest at a city hotel. Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) organised the dialogue titled ‘Power and Energy Sector: Immediate Issues and Challenges’, with its Chairman Professor Rehman Sobhan in the chair. The dialogue was also addressed, among others, Dr M Tamim, Pro-Vice Chancellor of BRAC University; Professor Badrul Imam, Professor of Department of Geology, Dhaka University; and Professor Dr M Shamsul Alam, Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Daffodil International University spoke as panelists at the event. The experts, at the discussion, put their recommendations for the development of the power and energy sectors in the days to come. The state minister said price of electricity in Bangladesh is the lowest level among developing countries, adding, “It is very difficult to work in particular sector such as power, as many people give different advices which sometimes create confusion.” He said the information provided by the CDP at today’s event should be updated as they gave old information. Regarding corruption in the sector, he said corruption is reducing and the system loss has brought down to a single digit, which was 44 percent during the BNP-Jamaat alliance. “System loss in Chattagram and DESCO is now at seven percent, which is visible in developed countries,” the state minister said. Research Director of CPD Khandker Golam Moazzem presented the keynote paper at the event. He said one of the main achievements of the present government is power and energy sector as it has been able to meet the shortfall in power by generating sufficient electricity.
Category: Power
Bangladesh-Russia JCC reviews progress of Rooppur Nuclear Power plant construction
March 9, 2019 Saturday 5:59 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The 4th meeting of the Joint Coordinating Committee (JСС) of the Russia and Bangladesh on construction of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant held at city hotel in Dhaka on March 6, 2019. The main topic of discussion was the present status of construction of Rooppur NPP and further actions to be required for completion of the project. Both the sides expressed their satisfaction over the progress of construction work of Rooppur NPP, said a press release. The Russian delegation was headed by Alexander Loshkin, First Deputy Director General for operational management of the Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation and the President of ASE Group of Companies, General Contractor of Rooppur NPP. Architect Yeafesh Osman, Minister for Science and Technology led the Bangladesh side in the meeting. Issues related to man power training, delivery of equipment and others were also discussed in the meeting. Decisions of the JСС meeting were documented in the final Protocol, approved at the meeting. The construction of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) is being implemented under an intergovernmental agreement signed between Russia and Bangladesh on November 2nd, 2011. On December 25, 2015, Atomstroyexport (ROSATOM’s subsidiary) was appointed as the General Contractor for construction Rooppur NPP with two VVER 1200 power units, each with a capacity of 1200 MW.  In 2015-2016, preparatory works were carried out at the construction site, working documentation was developed and documents for licensing for construction were prepared. In 2017, the implementation of the Rooppur NPP construction project continued in accordance with the schedule. On November 4, 2017, the regulatory authority of Bangladesh (BAERA) issued required license for the design and construction of the plant. On November 30, 2017, “First Concrete” ceremony was held for Unit 1 of the Rooppur NPP and on July 14, 2018, the Unit 2 also went in to active phase of the construction following the “First Concrete”. On August 18, 2018, installation of “Core Catcher”, one of the most important passive safety systems began at Unit 1. Installation of “Core Catcher” for the Unit 2 began in February 2019. Currently, construction of main buildings and structures of both the power units is underway. The innovative Generation 3+ power units, which will be installed at Rooppur NPP includes the most powerful type of VVER-1200 reactor, as well as a high-speed turbine specially designed for new-generation NPPs. It provides the highest level of operational safety and fully meets the safety requirements strictly set by the IAEA.    
Category: Nuclear
ECNEC approves Tk 3,322cr Boropukuria-Kaliakoir 400kV line project
February 28, 2019 Thursday 12:28 PM By BSS
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved on Wednesday a big project to set up double-circuit 400 kV transmission lines to extend the high voltage power transmission infrastructures in the northern part of the country at a cost of Taka 3,322.34 crore to import power from India, Bhutan and Nepal in future. The approval came from the ECNEC meeting held at the NEC Conference Room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area with ECNEC chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. Briefing the reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister MA Mannan said that a total of 13 projects were approved today involving an overall estimated cost of Taka 12,459.79 crore. “Of the total project cost, Taka 9,481.77 crore will come from the GoB portion, Taka 154.45 crore will come from the organization’s own fund while the rest Taka 2,823.58 crore from project assistance,” he added. Of the approved 13 projects, 10 are new while three others are revised projects. The Planning Minister said once the transmission line project is implemented, it will be possible to import power from Indian 1600 MW Power plant to be set up by Adanai Group at Jharkhand. The imported power will be later transmitted to Sylhet, Chattogram and other parts of the country from Kaliakoir. Mannan said that the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Limited (PGCB) under the Power Division will implement the project by June, 2022. Of the total project cost, Taka 1,424.26 crore will come from the GoB portion, Taka 153.44 crore from the organization’s own fund while the rest of Taka 1744.62 crore as project assistance under the Indian $2 billion Line of Credit. The main project objectives include setting up the transmission line for evacuating power from the proposed 2 x 800 MW power plant to be set up at Jharkhand in India by Adani Group. The main project operations include erection of 120 kilometer 400 KV double-circuit transmission line from Boropukuria to Bogura, erection of 140 kilometer 400 KV double-circuit transmission line from Bogura to Kaliakoir, extension of two 400 KV AIS bay at the 400/230 KV power substation at Kaliakoir, and extension of two 230 KV AIS bay at Parbotipur 230 KV switching station. Once the project is completed, it will also be possible to import power from Nepal and Bhutan through this transmission line in future.
Category: Power
Public hearing on gas price hike starts March 11
February 15, 2019 Friday 11:38 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) is going to hold mass hearings on gas price hike from March 11. The energy regulator has already received proposals from all gas transmission and distribution companies about the hike. The mass hearing will take place at the auditorium of the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) in Karwanbazar, said a notice. Any organisations or persons interested in taking part in the mass hearing should apply to the BERC by March 4.  The hearing will start with Petrobangla on March 11 in the morning. Later, from 10:30am, the Gas Transmission Company Limited will place a proposal to increase the gas transmission charge.  On March 12, the hearing of the Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd will be held from 10am to 12:30pm. From 2:30pm to 5pm on the same day, the hearing of Sundarban Gas Company Limited will take place. On March 13, the hearing of the Bakhrabad Gas Distribution Company Ltd will be held from 10am to 12:30pm. The hearing of the Jalalabad Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd will be held from 2:30pm to5:00 pm on the same day. On March 14, the hearing of the Karnafuli Gas Distribution Company Ltd will take place from 10am to 12:30pm, while the Pashchimanchal Gas Company Ltd’s hearing will be held from 2:30 pm to 5pm.
Category: Gas
LNG boosts Ctg factories, power plants
February 15, 2019 Friday 11:28 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Gas supply to the national grid from the maiden floating LNG import terminal in the deep sea rose to its maximum capacity on Tuesday morning as the pipeline started receiving 450 million cubic feet of gas a day. The gas supply to different regions from the national grid will boost up production in factories, gas-based power plants and fertiliser factories, domestic holdings and garment manufacturing units resulting in a positive impact on the overall national economy. With the enhanced supply the country is now getting gas for all regions including the capital Dhaka from the national grid in a limited scale alongside the natural gas available from the local gas fields. The natural gas supplied earlier to the Chattogram region has also been added to Dhaka and rest of the country from the national grid. Chattogram, a long-time gas-hungry region, will be the most beneficiary of the FSRU gas supply as most of the major industries and the thriving special industrial and economic zones are located in the region. It took as long as seven months after commissioning of the Floating, Storage and Re-gasification Unit (FSRU) located at Moheshkhali island of Cox`s Bazar to get supply of the re-gasified LNG from the import terminal having 500 million cubic feet of gas a day (mmcfd), sources concerned said. Sources in the Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Co Ltd (KGDCL) said trial supply of 450 mmcfd of gas for two days was successful before full scale commissioning by authority in the Petrobangla. Sources said that the supply from the FSRU was disrupted due to leakage in the submersed gas pipeline between the City Gate Station (CGS) near the CUFL fertiliser factory at Anwara and the Fouzderhat CGS at Sitakunda. For supply of the re-gasified LNG the authority concerned constructed a 91- kilometre pipeline between Moheshkhali and Anwara and another 30- kilometre pipeline between Anwara and Fouzderhat. Earlier, the actuator valve in between the FSRU and the sub-sea pipeline also surfaced leakage in the first week of November last resulting in the total halt to the re-gasification at the Excelerate Energy`s terminal, sources said.  The KGDCL, dedicated to the Chattogram region, was receiving only 170 to 180 million cubic feet of gas per day (mmcfd), far less than it used to get before termination of re-gasification at the LNG import terminal, sources said. Production in the gas-fired power plants of Raozan 210 megawatt x 2, Shikalbaha 225 MW, Shikalbaha 150 MW power plants and Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Ltd (CUFL) in Chattogram was suspended following the damage in the underwater pipeline valve. The KGDC official said after repairing the pipeline the gas supply resumed in a limited scale ranging between 210 and 230 mmcfd. So the authority could not supply gas to the national grid as expected. Chattogram was the worst sufferer from gas shortage as the gas-hungry industries have been suffering from short supply. The domestic burners ran dry for a long time while commercial enterprises also suffered for years. Source: Financial Express
Category: Gas
Deal signed to import uranium for nuke plant
February 1, 2019 Friday 11:15 AM By BSS
The government on Thursday signed a primary deal to import uranium for the much awaited Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant aimed at generating 2,200 MW power. “Initiatives to bring uranium from Russia for using it for nuclear power plant at Rooppur would be completed in time,” Science and Technology Minister Architect Yeafes Osman said this, witnessing the deal signing ceremony at his ministry conference room. Member (Planning and Development) of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission Dr Imtiaz Kamal and Overseas vice president of ROSATOM Nikita Mazein signed the primary agreement on behalf of their respective sides. During the contract signing ceremony secretary of the ministry M Anwar Hossain, Bangladesh Ambassador to Russia Dr SM Saiful Haque and high officials of Russian Federation were present.
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